Dates for digital switchover in South East announced

THE DATES for the start of the digital switchover in the South East were announced on Tuesday this week setting out the timetable for the biggest change to broadcasting for a generation across East Sussex and Kent.

Switchover will see the five analogue TV channels permanently switched off and the Freeview service boosted to reach virtually all 640,000 households in the South East.

Thousands of homes currently in digital blackspots such as Eastbourne, Hailsham and Newhaven will be able to receive Freeview channels for the first time.

A public information campaign will kick off later this year including roadshows, advertising and an information leaflet sent to every home.

The Switchover Help Scheme will write to eligible older and disabled people offering support in making the switch, including equipment, installation if needed and aftercare.

In East Sussex, the BBC Two analogue signal will be switched off from Heathfield on May 30, 2012 and all analogue channels will be switched off on June 13.

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